These Tips Can Help You Protect Your Hearing

Woman protects her hearing with ear muffs while doing yardwork.

Protecting your hearing is much like eating the right way. It sounds smart, but not many of us have a very good concept of where to begin. This is particularly true if you don’t consider your daily environment to be very noisy and there aren’t any obvious dangers to your ears. But day-to-day life can put stress on your ears and your senses, so practicing these hearing protection techniques can help safeguard your auditory acuity.

If you want to continue to enjoy the sounds around you, you need to do everything you can to impede down the deterioration of your hearing.

Tip 1: Hearing Protection You Can Wear

Using ear protection is the most practical and basic way to safeguard your hearing. This means taking basic actions to lessen the amount of loud and damaging noises you’re subjected to.

This means that when it’s called for most people will want to wear ear protection. Two general forms of protection are available:

  • Ear Muffs, which are placed over the ears.
  • Ear Plugs, which are put in the ear canal.

Neither form of hearing protection is inherently better than the other. Each style has its advantages. Your choice of hearing protection should, most notably, feel comfortable.

Tip 2: When Sound Becomes Dangerous, be Aware of It

But how can you tell when to wear hearing protection? We’re used to connecting dangerous noise with painful noise. But much lower volumes of sound can damage your ears than you might believe. After just a couple hours, for example, the sounds of traffic are enough to damage your hearing. An essential step in safeguarding your hearing, then, is recognizing when sound becomes harmful.

The following threshold is when sound becomes harmful:

  • 85 decibels (dB): After around two hours this volume of sound is hazardous.This is the level of sound you’d expect from a busy city street or your hairdryer.
  • 95-100 dB: This is the typical volume of your earbuds or the level of farm equipment. After about 15-20 minutes this level of sound becomes harmful.
  • Over 100 dB: Your ears can be very rapidly damaged by this. Anything over this threshold can injure your hearing in minutes or seconds. Jet engines and rock concerts, for instance, can injure your ears in around thirty seconds.

Tip 3: Make Your Phone Into a Sound Meter

Now that we have a basic understanding of what volume of sound may be dangerous, we can take some precautions to make sure we minimize our exposure. The trick is that, once you’re out and about in the real world, it can be hard to gauge what’s too loud and what isn’t.

Your smartphone can now be used as a handy little tool. Sound meter apps exist for every type of smartphone.

In order to get an idea of what dangerous levels of noise actually sound like, use your sound meter to confirm the decibel level of everything you are hearing.

Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Your Volume Buttons

Most people these days listen to music via their phone or smart device, and they usually use earbuds while they do it. This creates a dangerous scenario for your hearing. Over time, earbuds set to a substantially high volume can cause significant injury to your ears.

Somonitoring the volume control means safeguarding your ears. In order to drown out sounds elsewhere, you should never raise the volume. And we recommend using apps or configurations to make sure that your volume never accidentally become hazardously high.

If your hearing begins to wane, earbuds can become a negative feedback loop; in order to make up for your faltering hearing, you could find yourself continuously rising the volume of your earbuds, doing more harm to your ears in the process.

Tip 5: Have Your Hearing Examined

You may think that having a hearing exam is something you do only when your hearing begins to decline. The difficulty is that it’s not always easy to detect a problem in your ears without a standard to compare results to.

Scheduling a hearing screening or exam is a good way to come up with data that can be used for both treatment and diagnostic purposes, making certain that all of your future hearing (and hearing protection) choices have some added context and information.

Keep an Eye on Your Ears

In a perfect world, protecting your ears would be something you could do continuously without any difficulty. But there are always going to be difficulties. So protect your hearing when you can, as often as possible. Also, get regular hearing exams. Use these suggestions to improve your chances.

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